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2022 16U Nationals women's freestyle finalist biographies

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Sabrina Nauss (MI) works for an ankle lace at the 16U Nationals. MatFocus.com photo

94 pounds


RED - Katey Valdez, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Current National Ranking: No. 24 at 100

2022 Pan American U17 champion… Second in 2022 U17 Nationals… Seventh in 2022 Girls High School Recruiting Showcase… 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Fifth in 2022 Girls Junior Folkstyle Nationals…. 2021 Queen of the Mountain high school champion… Third in 2021 16U Nationals… Seventh in 2021 U15 Nationals… Seventh in 2021 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Doherty High School… Third in 2022 Colorado state meet… Born: February 10, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Joely Slyter, Lewiston, Idaho

Current National Ranking: unranked

Third in 2022 U17 Nationals Third in 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Eighth in 2021 Cadet Nationals… fourth in 2019 Queen of the Mountain Middle School division… Will be a sophomore at Lewiston High School… Sixth in 2022 Idaho State Championships… Born: November 18, 2006… Age: 15

100 pounds

RED - Rianne Murphy, Valparaiso, Ind.

Current National Ranking: No. 17 at 112

2022 Junior Duals All-Tournament Team… Fourth in 2022 U17 Nationals… Fourth in 2022 Journeymen World Classic… Fourth in 2021 16U Nationals… Second in 2022 Tallinn Cadet Open (Estonia)… Fifth in 2021 Junior Nationals… 2021 U15 Nationals champion… Second in 2021 U17 Nationals… 2021 Showcase Pennsylvania Qualifier champion… Third in 2019 U15 Nationals… Will be a junior at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)… Born: February 21, 2006… Age 16

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BLUE - Mary Manis, Ponta Vedra Beach, Fla.

Current National Ranking:: No. 10 at 100

2022 Junior Duals All-Tournament Team… Second in 2022 U15 Nationals… Third in 2022 National Recruiting Showcase… Fourth in 2022 NHSCA Nationals… Second in 2021 Southeast Regionals… Will be a sophomore at Lake Highland Prep… 2022 Prep School National champion… Fourth in 2021 Super 32… Third in 2021 Florida State Championships… Born: May 29, 2007… Age 15

106 pounds


RED - Ava Ward, Centralia, Mo.

Current National Ranking: No. 2 at 106, No. 19 in Pound-For-Pound rankings

2022 Pan American U17 champion… Second in 2022 U17 Nationals… Third in 2021 National Recruiting Showcase… 2022 16U Nationals Folkstyle champion… 2021 and 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2022 Girls Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2021 Super 32 champion… Third in 2021 U17 World Championships… 2021 U17 Nationals champion… Second in 2020 Super 32… 2020 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Fourth in 2019 U15 Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Centralia High School… Born: December 8, 2006… Age: 15

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BLUE - Heather Crull, Richmond, Ind.

Current National Ranking: No. 14 at 106

Second in 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Third in 2022 Girls Junior Folkstyle Nationals… Seventh in 2021 16U Nationals… Second in 2021 U15 Nationals… Fifth in 2021 U17 Nationals… Third in 2021 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Northeastern High School… Born December 19, 2006… Age: 15

112 pounds


RED - Molly Allen, Council Bluffs, Iowa:

Current National Ranking: No. 12 at 106

Fifth in 2022 U15 Nationals… 2021 Preseason Nationals champion… Sixth in 2021 Super 32… 2020 Preseason Nationals Middle School champion… Will be a sophomore at Underwood High School… 2022 Iowa state champion… Born: January 25, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Karlee Brooks, Phoenix, Ariz.

Current National Ranking: No. 2 at 112, No. 20 in Pound-For-Pound rankings

Third in 2022 U17 Nationals… 2002 National Recruiting Showcase champion… Seventh in 2021 Junior Nationals… Third in 2021 U15 Nationals… Third in 2021 National Recruiting Showcase… Third in 2021 Super 32…Fourth in 2022 Super 32… Will be a junior at Valiant College Prep… Born: May 27, 2006… Age: 16

117 pounds


RED - Persaeus Gomez, Arvada, Colo.

Current National Ranking: No 3 at 117

2022 Pan American U17 champion… Second in 2022 U17 Nationals… 2022 National Recruiting Showcase champion… Third in 2021 16U Nationals… Eighth in 2021 U15 Nationals… Second in 2021 NHSCA Nationals… 2020 Preseason Nationals champion… Will be a junior at Pomona High School… 2021 and 2022 Colorado state champion… Born: May 7, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Isabella Marie Gonzales, Fresno, Calif.

Current National Ranking: No. 7 at 117

2022 Junior Duals All-Tournament Team… 2021 and 2022 U15 Nationals champion… Fifth in 2022 U17 Nationals… 2022 Girls Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… Second in 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Clovis East High School… Second in 2022 California State Championships… Born: May 3, 2007… Age: 15

122 pounds


RED - Everest Leydecker, Phoenix, Ariz.

Current National Ranking: unranked

Third in 2022 U15 Nationals… 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Will be a freshman at Desert Vista High School… Born: September 20, 2007… Age: 14

BLUE - Carley Ceshker, Lake Geneva, Wis.

Current National Ranking: No. 8 at 117

Eighth in 2022 U17 Nationals… 2022 Journeymen World Classic champion… 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Second in 2021 Preseason Nationals… Third in 2021 U15 Nationals… 2021 14U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Will be a freshman at Badger High School… Born: October 4, 2007… Age 14

127 pounds


RED - Skylar Little Soldier, Welch, Minn.

Current National Ranking: No 4 at 127

Second in 2022 Pan American U17 Championships… Second in 2022 U17 Nationals… Fourth 2021 Junior Nationals… 2021 16U Nationals champion… Third in 2021 U15 Nationals… Seventh in 2019 14U Folkstyle Nationals… 2018 Northern Plains Kids champion… 2018 Girls Novice Folkstyle national champion… Will be junior at Hastings High School… 2022 Minnesota state champion… 2020 Minnesota girls state champion… Born: April 24, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Cadence Diduch, Freeport, Ill.

Current National Ranking: No. 6 at 127

Third in 2022 in U17 Nationals… 2022 Junior Duals All-Tournament Team… 2021 16U Nationals champion… Fourth in 2021 High School National Showcase…. 2021 National Showcase Wisconsin Qualifier champion… 2020 National Club Duals Open champion… Will be a sophomore at Freeport High School… 2022 Illinois state champion… 2021 Illinois state champion…. Born: April 17, 2006… Age: 16

132 pounds


RED - Lauren Walton, Lexington, Kent.

Current National Ranking: No. 9 at 132

Third in 2022 National Recruiting Showcase… Second in 2022 Journeymen World Classic… 2022 Girls U16 Folkstyle Nationals champion… Second in 2022 Girls Junior Nationals…. 2022 NHSCA Nationals champion…Eighth in 2021 U17 Nationals… Third in 2021 Preseason Junior Nationals… Will be a junior at Woodford County High School… Born: January 2, 2006… Age: 18

BLUE - Carina Giangeruso, Chesterfield, N.J.

Current National Ranking: No. 14 at 132

Fourth in 2022 Journeymen World Classic… Third in 2022 Tallinn Cadet Open (Estonia)… Third in 2021 U15 Nationals… Fifth in 2021 National Recruiting Showcase… Fifth in 2019 U15 Nationals… Will be a junior at Northern Burlington High School… previously attended Wyoming Seminary… Born: May 29, 2006… Age: 16

138 pounds


RED - Sarah Henckel, Southbury, Conn.

Current National Ranking: No. 13 at 144

Fourth in 2022 U17 Nationals… 2022 U15 Nationals champion… Second in 2022 Journeymen World Classic… Fourth in 2021 U15 Nationals… Will be a freshman at Blair Academy… Born: March 17, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Faith Bartoszek, Wrightstown, Wis.

Current National Ranking: No. 5 at 144

Third in 2022 U17 Nationals… Fifth in 2021 Junior Nationals… Fifth in 2021 16U Nationals… 2021 U15 Nationals champion… Fifth in 2021 U17 Nationals… Fifth in 2021 National Recruiting Showcase… Will be a junior at a high school to be determined… previously attended Wyoming Seminary… Born: Feb. 20, 2006… Age: 16

144 pounds


RED - Skylar Slade, Altoona, Iowa

Current National Ranking: unranked

2022 Northern Plains Junior champion… Third in 2022 U15 Nationals… 2022 Iowa Junior freestyle champion… Fourth in 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals… Fifth in 2021 Preseason Nationals… Will be a freshman at Southeast Polk High School… Born: November 1, 2007… Age: 14

BLUE - Nebi Tsarni, Montgomery Village, Md.

Current National Ranking: No. 17 at 144

Eighth in 2021 Junior Nationals… 2021 16U Nationals champion… Sixth in 2021 Super 32… Fourth in 2021 U15 Nationals… 2020 Maryland 15U Girls state champion…. Will be a junior at Watkins Mills High School…. 2021 Maryland state champion… Born: June 8, 2006… Age: 16

152 pounds


RED - Mishell Rebisch, Washington, Mich.

Current National Ranking: No. 4 at 152

Second in 2022 Pan American U17 Championships… Second in 2022 U17 Nationals… Sixth in 2022 National Recruiting Showcase… Second in 2022 16U Girls Folkstyle Nationals… Third in 2021 Preseason Nationals… Fourth in 2021 16U Nationals… Will be a junior at Romeo High School… 2022 Michigan state champion… previously attended South Anchorage High School in Alaska… Second in 2021 Alaska State Championships… Born: March 30, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Genevieve An, Marietta, Ga.

Current National Ranking: No. 21 at 144

Third in 2022 U17 Nationals… 2022 Georgia Games High School freestyle champion… Fourth in 2022 NHSCA Nationals… Fifth in 2021 16U Nationals… 2021 Georgia state Cadet freestyle champion… Second in 2021 U15 Nationals… Sixth in 2021 National Recruiting Showcase… Will be a junior at Kennesaw Mountain High School… 2022 Georgia state champion… Born: June 29, 2006… Age: 16

164 pounds


RED - Piper Fowler, Cleveland, Tennessee

Current National Ranking: No. 3 at 152

Second in 2022 U17 Nationals… Second in 2022 National Recruiting Showcase… 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Third in 2022 Girls Junior Folkstyle Nationals… Second in 2021 Super 32… Third in 2021 U15 Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Cleveland High School… 2022 Tennessee state champion… Born: March 23, 2007… Age: 15

BLUE - Ella Pagel, Nerstrand, Minn.

Current National Ranking: No. 10 at 164

2022 Junior Duals All-Tournament Team… 2022 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Second in 2022 Junior Folkstyle Nationals… 2021 Super 32 champion… 2021 16U Nationals champion… Eighth in 2021 U17 Nationals… 8-0 at 2021 Junior National Duals… 2021 Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion…. Third in 2020 Super 32…. 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason High School Nationals champion… Second in 2019 U15 Nationals… Will be a sophomore at Northfield High School… 2022 Minnesota state champion… Second in 2021 Minnesota girls state high school championships…. 2020 Minnesota girls state high school champion… Born: October 24, 2006… Age: 15

180 pounds


RED - Sabrina Nauss, Brighton, Mich.

Current National Ranking: No. 1 at 180, No. 15 in the Pound-For-Pound rankings

2022 Junior Duals All-Tournament Team… 2021 Preseason Nationals champion… 021 U16 Nationals champion… Third in 2021 U17 Nationals… 2021 USA Wrestling Girls Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2021 USA Wrestling Girls 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion…. 2020 USA Wrestling Preseason high school national champion….2020 National Club Duals Open champion… 2019 14U Girls Folkstyle Nationals champion…. Will be a junior at Brighton High School… 2022 Michigan state champion… 2021 Michigan girls high school state champion…. Born: January 2, 2006… Age: 16

BLUE - Kali Hayden, Broken Arrow, Okla.

Current National Ranking: No. 27 at 180

Third in 2021 Preseason Nationals… Will be a junior at Union High School… 2022 Oklahoma state champion… Born: February 27, 2006… Age: 16

200 pounds


RED - Savannah Isaac, Toledo, Ohio

Current National Ranking: No. 4 at 200

2022 Junior Duals All-Tournament Team… Third in 2021 16U Nationals… 2021 Central Regionals 16U champion… 2021 NHSCA Nationals champion… Will be a junior at Whitmer High School… 2022 Ohio state champion… 2021 Ohio state champion… Born: August 4, 2006… Age: 15

BLUE - Mariyah Brumley, Lebanon, Mo.

Current National Ranking: No. 8 at 180

2022 Missouri 16U freestyle state champion… 2022 NHSCA Nationals champion… Fifth in 2021 Junior Nationals… Second in 2021 16U Nationals… Will be a junior at Lebanon High School… Fifth in 2022 Missouri State Championships… Fifth in 2021 Missouri girls state high school championships… 2021 MSHSAA Section 3 champion… 2021 Lady Vikings Holiday Tournament champion… Born: April 3, 2006… Age: 16